Happy December! I hope you all had a lovely, thanks-filled, satisfying Thanksgiving with your loved ones. We took a fabulous mini vacation up into the mountains, had a delicious feast at the famed (haunted) Stanley Hotel, and filled three days with sledding, snowman making (we're rusty!), a beautiful parade of holiday lights, perusing adorable local shops and restaurants, playing board games, and taking TONS of pictures. An amazing time was had by all, and I am beyond words thankful for the time we were able spend reconnecting, and recharging. In our go-go-go world, these types of opportunities are all too infrequent, but always made the most of!
Before hitting the road, Alicia and I spent some time discussing what was next for us in bloggy-land. We were both feverishly excited to write again after our long break (promoting the iPad giveaway became a full time job! See the Facebook link if you're curious who won!). After rambling off a list of ideas, we settled on one near and dear to both of us. One that would hopefully inspire all of you to find the reason within yourself. The subject? Why we give. Why we give of ourselves, and why we donate to various causes whenever we can.
So. Armed with a topic, we set out on our mini vacation. And with three hours to drive, and quiet kids in the back (thank you headphones!), I had lots of time to think. And think. And think....
And I realized I was having a hard time putting my reasons into words. Those of you who know me probably aren't having a hard time imagining this. Whether it's the kids, the chaos, or some crazy undiagnosed disease, I don't know, but as of late, words are not something that come easily to me. Finding an eloquent way to describe such an intangible value proved to be almost impossible. Until...
We reached the area of Colorado badly damaged by the floods that ripped through earlier this year. And I don't know about you, but when I hear about flooding, however massive, I always imagine basements filling with water and ruining treasured belongings. Frustrating and disappointing to be sure, but I've always had a hard time imagining "devastating". Turns out, ignorance is bliss. What we saw driving through those towns was more than frustrating. More than disappointing. FAR more than devastating, though I can't think of a word that adequately describes the destruction. We saw homes that were little more than a broken roof lying on the ground. A yard that had overturned patio chairs and a hammock, but no house alongside them. Cars filled to the brim with debris. Entire roads seemingly chewed up and spit out by mother nature...reduced to piles of broken rock that appeared to have been casually tossed aside.
On Thursday as we began our drive, I would have told you, we are very thankful for the life we have. We try to show our appreciation as often as we can, in random little ways. That's the truth. But I would be lying if I said I'd never complained about having to do laundry, or cook dinner, or do errands. Or that I didn't do it on a fairly regular basis. On Thursday morning, I hadn't the slightest idea of how I would articulate to you, our readers, why we give. I guess on some level, I didn't really know. We just...do. I wished dearly that I could give you some grand explanation, something that would inspire you to run out and change the world. But it just wasn't in me. By Thursday evening, something had changed. Seeing the destruction of lives along that road hadn't just saddened me. It had inspired me to truly embrace and appreciate the mundane in my life. Errands? I have a functioning car, money to fuel it, and two good legs, as well as intact roads to drive it on. Cook dinner? We have a kitchen full of fresh wholesome food, and a home to cook it in. Laundry? We have warm clothes to protect us from the harsh winter elements. We're not just blessed because we have little luxuries, we are blessed because we have necessities. Which is more than so many people in this world can say.
So why do we give? We give because every single person in this world should have the opportunity for 'mundane'. We give because until such a time when every person has their basic necessities met, the work is simply just not done.
*For more information about how you can help rebuild Larimer and Boulder Counties in Colorado, please click HERE.
*Please don't forget about our Season of Giving charity project. Our first week's drawing winner is Patty B. Patty, thank you so much for your generous donation to the kids of the George J. Mitchell School! To the rest of you, remember, if you send a box, you're entered to win a prize from one of our amazingly generous sponsors!!
Carino’s $25 Gift Card (plus free kids meals, or free mini appetizer!)
EvaLine Jewelry- Christmas earrings
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Christmas CD (Courtesy of Charles Billingsley) (2)
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